Russian cypress, Microbiota decussata, is a dwarf evergreen and are known as the ultimate groundcover plant. It's best to grow Russian cypress in climates with cool summers. They are slow growers and take their time to establish themselves in the landscape. They like sun or partial shade and tolerate many different types of soil including dry, but they do best in well-drained soil. The Russian cypress is low maintenance and has no pest or disease issues.